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Minor manager Holmes admits Monaghan will pose major test

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

Tyrone minor football team manager Collie Holmes acknowledges that his side face "a real tough test" when they oppose reigning provincial champions Monaghan in the Ulster Minor Championship at Carrickmore tomorrow night (6pm).

The Red Hands accounted for Donegal in their opening match (1-12 to 1-8), while Monaghan survived a major scare against Antrim before winning by 0-6 to 1-2, however Holmes believes they will be much more focused this time out.

"I expect Monaghan to be more positive and forceful. They have some quality forwards and the team plays with great passion," said Holmes.

"They will offer us the toughest possible test."

Derry team boss Paddy Campbell will be expecting a more handsome return from his forwards when the team meet Cavan tomorrow at Owenbeg (6pm).

Campbell endured some fraught moments before his side overcame Armagh by 1-5 to 0-4 in their opening game at the Athletic Grounds, and feels that there is scope for considerable improvement.

Down were Monaghan's victims in the preliminary round and they must now face Fermanagh in Enniskillen (6pm). Former senior team boss James McCartan is in charge of the Mourne side in which John McGovern and Oisin Savage are key forwards.

Armagh hope to build on last weekend's win over Antrim when they meet Donegal at Ballybofey (6pm). Orchard county boss Ciaran McKeever is urging a big effort from his key attackers Ciaran Donnelly, Mark McKeever and Caolan Reavey. Donegal manager Gary Duffy is seeking a big improvement from his side.

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